Newspapers rewarding business

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Someone recently said, “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun if you would write a column telling about some of your exciting newspaper experiences?” And I said, “Gee, what a great idea!” You well know that conversation never took place but you also know what’s coming. Actually, the column idea springs from a recent story in the […]

Internet mishaps can’t be deleted

I went to a store recently to pick up a new CD. It wasn’t on the shelves, and I almost whined about the store’s failure on Twitter, along with my intent to stop shopping there for music … and a maximum amount of cursing. Fortunately, before I could grab my phone, I saw a cart […]

Former bank building sold

CNJ staff The building that formerly housed First Community Bank is in new hands. The building was purchased recently by Jim Sitterly, who has owned Curry County Title and Abstract for 31 years. “We’re still trying to decide (a purpose),” Sitterly said, “but I believe we’re going to make a professional business center. It’s going […]

Meteorologist visits with drama students

Chief Meteorologist Steve Kersh from the KVII Channel 7 news team visited one of our high school classrooms recently as part a special project. No, he wasn’t headed for a science classroom, but a drama class instead. This professional weather/newscaster was coming, professional equipment in hand, to tape a group of Keith Ingram’s students whose […]

McGee: Broken bones lesson in journey of life

A family member recently broke his hand. I felt for him, he was in a lot of pain. I remember how bad that felt because I’ve had a couple of broken bones in my time. How about you? For instance I broke one of my little fingers a few years ago. I had a Siberian […]

Don’t let imperfections ruin life

The imperfections in the world can bring some entertainment. I am glad for that. Unbroken comfort can make you more numb than jumping into that frozen lake with a polar bear club. Recently I enjoyed sitting outside during the dirt storm that hit the area. My young daughter enjoyed it with me. She ran around […]

Residents warned of jury duty phone scam

Curry and Roosevelt County residents are cautioned to be wary of a phone scam claiming to be connected with jury duty service in the 9th Judicial District. A resident recently reported receiving a phone call in which the caller —who claimed to be with the clerk’s office of the 9th Judicial District Court — asked […]

No room for racial insensitivity in political rhetoric

Freedom Newspapers Congressman Doug Lamborn, U.S. representative for Colorado, was recently on a radio show discussing President Obama, the president’s economic policies, and the debt ceiling deals being debated. Lamborn used the phrase “tar baby” to describe working with the president. “I don’t even want to have to be associated with him. It’s like touching […]

Consider other options for hotel

Recently there has been a great deal of discussion regarding the Affordable Housing ordinance/plan passed by the Clovis City Commission. It’s now the subject of a negative referendum election to be held on Aug. 2. It has been said this ordinance will allow the city to demolish, and clear properties that can be donated to […]

Finding humor shows resilience

We attended a Chautauqua program recently. The performers — a lady named Jane and a guy named Hoyle — presented a “Brief Historical Timeline of the Great Depression” covering the 10-year period from 1929 to 1939 in the United States. Jane sang and played guitar while Hoyle also sang and played piano, mandolin and guitar. […]

State accountable for speed limits

Recently, Danny Watkins of Alto received a speeding ticket while traveling through Elida. He complained in a letter to the editor that Elida is, “…a speed trap” and that Elida’s police officers should, “…concentrate on enforcing the law.” That’s precisely what they do. Elida has two certified police officers to enforce laws, but their primary […]

Old-timers should be consulted

I recently came across the following in a U.S. government publication: “Realistically, livestock are the primary practical tools for altering vegetation on rangelands because of environmental concerns about herbicides and the high costs of treating vast acreages of rangeland.” The story described a “recent development” called “conservation grazing,” and said it had “resulted in a […]

Bombing range deal under scrutiny

Sharna Johnson Recently elected state officials are taking a new look at the expansion of Melrose Bombing Range and it’s making some involved in the project a little nervous. For four years, state, local and Air Force officials have been working on a deal to use $5 million capital outlay to purchase approximately 30,000 acres […]

U.S. set to expand base in Korea

Tom Philpott Two deadly incidents instigated by North Korea in 2010, most recently the shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island Nov. 23, have raised military tension on the peninsula to its highest level in many years. But the provocations, said the commander of U.S. Forces in Korea, haven’t weaken a commitment by the United States […]

Local bands dream big

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Courtesy photo: Chamber of Commerce Will Banister and the Mulberry Band performed at the Clovis Music Festival in September. Alisa Boswell Musical talent is not a scarce thing in the Clovis and Portales areas. Many local musicians have the ambition to go all the way to stardom with their musical talents and considering the recent […]

Story behind ‘Secretariat’ inspiring

I recently saw the movie “Secretariat” about the horse many people believe to be the best Thoroughbred race horse ever. Secretariat, born in Virginia in 1970, grew to 16.2 hands (one hand is approximately four inches) and weighed 1200 pounds at maturity. His official color was chestnut, but he was called Big Red by those […]

Grant McGee: Medical marijuana not worth risks

Grant McGee If you could use medical marijuana would you? This was something that crossed my mind recently after the eye doctor told me I have glaucoma. “Hey, if you have glaucoma that means you qualify for medical marijuana in New Mexico.” It was my friend The Holy Man offering up his first thoughts upon […]

Education column: Technology aids in education

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy It was in a middle school classroom that I recently saw the writing on the wall … literally. Energetic history teacher Brandi Thomas, at Yucca Middle School, carried a wireless digital tablet (about the size of a clipboard) around her classroom, and as she wrote on it, the writing appeared on the large […]

Letters to the editor: This particular angel was blonde

This particular angel was blonde How do you say thank you to an angel? Recently when I was ready to go to church, I couldn’t find my car keys. I hunted frantically thinking I should remember where I put them. I finally found the extra set I had hidden. (Wait until you get my age […]

Letter to the editor: City workers quick to clean up

City workers quick to clean up I recently had a concern and called the city to ask for help with something I noticed around Mitchell, Sixth and Main streets. Recently with all the rains we’ve had, the weeds have had a chance to grow at a faster pace and they did just that. Just to […]